New Converts Stab Cleric To Death In Southwest Nigeria

The incident was perpetrated by new converts who came to the church for accommodation.

One of the pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Festac Town, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, has been killed by two converts accommodated in the church, HumAngle can report. 

The deceased, Babatunde Dada, was reportedly stabbed to death at the premises of RCCG Chapel of Resurrection on Thursday, Dec. 2, by two young men who came to the church for accommodation.  

The incident happened barely two weeks after the converts were welcomed into the church. Though it was not immediately clear what motivated the attack, some members of the church alleged that the suspects who are now in police custody are internet fraudsters. 

When HumAngle contacted the Lagos State Police spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, he said he was yet to be briefed about the case. 

However, a friend of the victim, Fred Enemigin, who is also a cleric and founder of Highflyers International, Lagos, wrote on Facebook that his slain friend was stabbed multiple times.

“Two boys had come to church last Sunday and they responded to the altar call by giving their lives to Christ. After church service, they waited to see the head pastor and told him that they were stranded without any place to stay,” Enemigin narrated on his Facebook page. . 

“On compassionate grounds, the pastor allowed them to stay somewhere within the church premises pending when they would be resettled. Pastor Tunde Dada, who had for almost a decade been the accountant of RCCG Chapel of Resurrection Parish, was assigned to provide needed welfare for the boys until their matter would be sorted.”

“On the fateful Thursday, Tunde was seated in his office and the boys, sensing that they were alone on the church premises with him, entered his office and attacked him with knives and other sharp weapons. He was stabbed multiple times and places until they had him killed right there on the spot.”

“Our minds are still searching for what the rift between the boys and Tunde was, considering the fact that the Tunde we knew was a very gentle soul.”

“Could they have asked for more welfare than what was approved for them and Tunde declined? What on earth would warrant this brutal killing by those who were recipients of a server of the church’s benevolence? There are many more questions that we have not found answers to,” he concluded.  

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